How we propose getting HGG back to work
Returning to work can’t happen all at once and can’t be the same as we are used to. The main difference is that groups must not exceed six people and all members must be at least 2m from each other.
Horsham District Council’s priority is to ensure that its staff and volunteers are safe.
That has involved reviewing and adapting work practices and Risk Assessments which we must all follow for our own health and that of others.
Please do not set off to any task or site unless it has been agreed. We will let everyone know when tasks are available.
Ryan’s list of tasks to allocate to HGG members will be updated depending on what needs doing throughout the season.
If you spot something that you think needs attention then please contact him first.
TOOLS – Ryan can issue HGG tools and these then become your temporary property which you take home after the task. It would clearly be sensible for gloves to be your permanent property. We are asking people to uses their own tools and gloves wherever possible, to reduce contact and the need for unnecessary travel. However if tools have to be collected then this can be arranged from the front of the Chesworth Farm Volunteer Centre barn at times which will be advised.
When you do go to a task, please
- dress appropriately for the task and the weather
- bring work gloves
- bring your own refreshments
- listen to the briefing beforehand
- groups of people must not exceed six
- the continuing instruction to stay at least 2m apart at all times
- at present, only a few types of tasks (litter picking, tidying paths, pulling Himalayan Balsam and weeding) are possible.
If there is a question you want to ask, please phone 07906 211030.
- If you are showing any of the Covid-19 symptoms or are currently self-isolating you must not undertake volunteer activities.
- If you belong to a high risk group we recommend that you do not take part in volunteer activities at this time.
Additional practical volunteering information
- Path trimming – this is trimming only and not cutting back like we do in the winter. Being the middle of the bird breeding season, we must not disrupt nesting.
- At this time of year, paths only require trimming if they are narrower than 2m (approx. your full arm span) to allow people to pass safely. Trim overhanging vegetation back to this width and try and find a gap to neatly put the cuttings in.
- Please contact Ryan before you start if you think there will be a lot of cuttings generated and he can arrange collection. (Loppers, secateurs, mainly — NO saws, due to the increased risks and possible injuries)
- Weeding (or the opposite, Orchid count and floral surveys) – Weeding doesn’t really apply to our group but this can eventually include Himalayan Balsam pulling and Skunk Cabbage flower cutting if there are areas you can keep away from water. Please be aware of possible Giant Hog Weed, there are ID sheets that can be emailed or printed if you’d like reminding.
- Litter picking – If litter pickers or bags are needed, Ryan can supply. If you find large amounts then please let him know so he can organise collection. If you are working at Chesworth then litter can be put in the bulk bins. If you are elsewhere please take home small quantities where possible or contact Ryan for collection. Litter picking tools and gloves essential.
- Himalayan Balsam pulling – Because of its proximity to water, there are additional precautions to be taken by members of groups on this task. Ryan will control this.
Ryan Allison — Countryside Warden – Volunteer Support
Telephone: 07827 802737
Download the emergency contact information – PDF file (66KB) two pages
Read the HDC Policy for Volunteering in Parks and Open Spaces during Covid-19 Restrictions – PDF file (100KB) two pages
Read the Risk Assessments – PDF file (150KB). Seven pages. (After clicking link, enlarge page to view)
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